Fun in the Sun: Summer Lemonade, 3 Ways

Vanessa Lachey's Lemonade Recipe 3 Ways
Nothing beats an icy glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day, especially when you have a cute boy delivering it to you! Am I right? I recently had the opportunity to set up the sweetest lemonade stand for Camden in our backyard and taught him the good old fashioned art of making lemonade! I can’t even tell you how cute it was to see him pouring the cups of lemonade. He got such a kick out of it! Now that we’ve squeezed our fair share of lemons, I thought it would be fun and tasty to mix up three different lemonade recipes to get you through the rest of the INTENSE heat wave that we’ve been having over here on the West Coast. Keep scrolling to learn how to make refreshing classic lemonade, Arnold Palmer, and berry-infused lemonade! Let’s get started…

Vanessa Lachey's Lemonade Recipe 3 Ways

Classic Lemonade

Nick’s favorite summer sip will always be classic lemonade! Not too tart and not too sweet—this lemonade recipe will have you coming back for more every summer. It’s simple and easy! (Two of my favorite things in the kitchen) A trick that I’ve picked up while making lemonade is to roll your lemons on a hard surface before juicing them. It basically gets the juices ready to be squeezed!

What you’ll need:

  • 6 lemons
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Citrus juicer


  1. Cut each of your lemons in half and twist them over your citrus juicer.
  2. Once you have squeezed all of the juice out of your lemons, add the lemon juice and 6 cups of cold water into a large pitcher.
  3. Add your sugar and mix until it’s completely saturated. My tip is to add a little bit of sugar and taste test until you have your preferred sweetness!

Vanessa Lachey's Lemonade Recipe 3 Ways
Arnold Palmer

The key to a perfect Arnold Palmer is your lemonade to iced tea ratio. You want your drink to be a harmonious blend of lemon tartness and smooth iced tea. Yum!

What you’ll need: 

  • Homemade lemonade
  • Unsweetened iced tea (I love to make a batch of sun tea in the backyard for this recipe! I also LOVE using sweet tea but not everyone does, so here’s where you can personalize it!)
  • A glass filled with ice
  • Lemon wedges


  1. I like to begin by pouring ½ to 1/3 of a glass of lemonade over ice.
  2. Fill the rest of your glass with iced tea.
  3. Stir them together or keep your iced tea floating on top of the lemonade.
  4. Drop a lemon wedge into your glass to garnish.

Vanessa Lachey's Lemonade Recipe 3 Ways
Berry-Infused Lemonade

Berry season is almost over, so why not take advantage of it while it lasts? The best part about this berry-infused lemonade is that you can mix and match your berries to your heart’s desire. For mine I chose raspberries and blueberries! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A carton of your favorite berries (I chose raspberries and blueberries—the kids’ favorites!)
  • A sprig of fresh mint
  • 3-5 lemons
  • Cold water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar 


  1. Juice all of your lemons and pour the contents into your pitcher.
  2. Slice your berries in half to better infuse the lemonade with their flavor.
  3. Add your berries and mint leaves into the pitcher and fill the rest of the pitcher with ice-cold water.
  4. Add your sugar into the pitcher and mix contents together thoroughly.
  5. Let your berry-infused lemonade steep in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving. (This makes a huge difference!)
  6. Pour lemonade over ice and enjoy! I like to garnish for added color and flare (like a mint leaf and fun straw!).

Vanessa Lachey's Lemonade Recipe 3 Ways
Vanessa Lachey's Lemonade Recipe 3 Ways
These lemonade recipes are sure to keep you cool all summer long!

What are some of your favorite lemonade recipes?

I’d love to add a few more to my personal archives! Share your recipes in the comments below!



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